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December 12, 2013 I The Lovell Chronicle I7 IIEII ii~ ! ~ i ~i ! ! / Children's Creative Christmas event organizer Emily Hart gives Santa a hug of thanks for visiting the elders and their guests at the New Horizons Care Center on Saturday during a special holiday event hosted by the center. PATrI CARPENTER PHOTO STATE WATER the computer notes, an aide with Cole recorded one of the roundtable gatherings and the overviews present- ed by each facilitator. Following the 60 min- utes of back-and-forth ex- changes among the three groups, about another 30 minutes were devoted to the presentations by the facilitators. Among the principal topics noted by each: local control of wa- ter issues, water rights, pivots vs. traditional irri- gation, the state role in wa- ter funding, D.C. views vs. Western perspectives, state and federal project funding for infrastructure upgrades and maintenance, existing STRATEGY continued from page one compacts, federal encroach- ment and headwater stor- age to prevent water from leaving the state. Topics and concerns also included oil and gas drilling effects on water re- sources, private enterprise vs. government projects and complexities of shar- ing water. One other point that arose from attendees is what they see as a need to educate the public, espe- cially youth, as to just how vital water is to so many aspects of the Wyoming economy, from tourism and agriculture to fisheries and wildlife. At the conclusion of the interchanges, Cole not- ed: "We need this kind of community development and your time and partic- ipation are appreciated. Please stay involved; be representative. This has been a beneficial meet- ing and will be empower- ing for the governor. He is 'Wyoming' through and through, and at heart a rancher. (When it comes to a water strategy.) He will be able to say, 'This is what the people want' and we will have developed an ini- tiative we can all be proud of." After the meeting, a lunch by Bob Acton of Hawg Heaven BBQ was made available for attendees. STREET PROJECT continued from page one one block on either end of the hard closure, with lim- ited access for "local traffic." The only exception to that plan is the block from Que- bec to Pennsylvania, which is wide enough to allow two-way traffic on one side of Main while work is being conducted on the other side. Traffic entering the soft closure block will be able to make a U turn to exit the block, and customer park- ing will be allowed to the soft closure blocks, the offi- cials said. All sidewalks will be open during the project for business and residential ac- cess, except during the mo- ments when the sidewalk is being cut and later, re- paved. Service line trenches will be covered. Traffic will be detoured one block to the north of Main on Third Street around each hard closure, and Mattie said each hard closure will last from two to three weeks, depending on the number of service lines and/or any problems that crop up. The block-by- block work will then "leap frog down Main, but the goal is to totally complete each block as the project moves along, finishing and paving as it proceeds rather than waiting until the end of the summer, as in pri- or phases of the water and sewer project. "It's really tough to co- ordinate," Mattie said. "The engineering is not compli- cated. How you pull it off is complicated. WyDOT has been great to work with." He said it would be very helpful if business or home owners can tell DOWL HKM where their utility service lines run, especial- ly sewer lines, noting that the "last best information" is more than 50 years old. Mattie and Steed not- ed that there will be week- ly construction meetings during the project and the public is welcome and en- couraged to attend. Up- dates, including a map, will also be published in the Lovell Chronicle weekly. "You can sit right in (the weekly meetings) and ask questions," Beers not- ed. "They are all pubic, and we invite anybody and ev- erybody to come and par- ticipate in the process." Businesses are en- couraged to prepare rear entrance access to their stores and offices during the hard closure in front of the business, Mattie and Beers stressed, and it was noted that Lovell Inc. and the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce will be work- ing with businesses to fa- cilitate the rear entrance access. PUBLIC QUESTIONS Mattie said, in re- sponse to a question from North Big Horn Senior Center Director Denise Andersen, that there will be brief times (one to two hours) when water service is shut off to a customer, such as when a new line is being hooked up, but during construction tempo- rary water service will be provided, and when an out- age is planned, 48-hour no- tice will be provided. "And the shutoff will usually be done after a cer- tain time so someone isn't caught in the shower," Mattie added. Mattie stressed that anyone with special needs or times when water should not be shut off is asked to communicate that informa- tion to the town or DOWL HKM. Andersen said her con- cert was getting seniors into businesses during construction, and Mattie asked her to work with him on a weekly basis to coordi- nate efforts. "If you know of people with special access needs, let us know and we'll help them," Mattie said. Mattie and Steed said there are no plans for a truck route around the town, although they not- ed that regular truckers will probably learn to avoid the project. All traffic will proceed into town, then be routed one block to the north on Third where the hard closure is in place on Main. Some individual is- sues were discussed. Jim Davis asked about get- ting his supply trucks to Lovell Building Center and seemed satisfied that trucks will be allowed down Montana. Cheryl Knop dis- cussed the Monday morn- ing crunch of her delivery truck and customers trying to use the rear entrance at the same time. Steed and Mattie noted that a special provision will be included in the construc- tion contract to shut down during Mustang Days so that events won't be affect- ed. Steed noted that a sim- ilar provision was in place during Pioneer Day a few years ago in Cowley, and the parade route ran its normal course on Main us- ing the base surface. Asked about how long it would take for new- ly poured concrete to cure, Steed said most con- crete reaches 80 percent strength in three or four days, and a contractor can also use "high early" con- crete that will cure even faster. Compton said WyDOT may require the use of high early concrete in the con- tract, and Steed noted that the entire surface of Main will be ground for smooth- ness at the end of the proj- ect and the joints sealed. "It will be a lot nicer Main Street when we're done," Steed said. EMERGENCY SERVICES As for emergency ser- vices, Lovell Chief of Police Nick Lewis said engineers and construction personnel have worked closely with the LPD and dispatch cen- ter during previous phases of the water and sewer project to alert agencies about which streets would be closed during a certain time period. "The closures will be very well defined," Beers said. "The project moves slow enough that barriers will only be changed every couple of weeks." Lewis also recom- mended that since long semi-tractor trailers will be using side street that cars be asked to park away from corners so the trucks can make a corner with their side turning radius. "We definitely have to look at that," Compton agreed, though Beers add- ed, "Lovell has a better sit- uation than some towns I've worked with" due to its wide streets. Compton noted that, with the median strip gone, parking lanes on each side of the street will be wid- ened by about a foot. During the evening meeting several mentioned the removal of the medi- an strip, which they con- sider to be a safe haven. Tom Newman said he has seen from his State Farm office many people "play Frogger" as they dodge traffic crossing the street and asked about addition- al crosswalks, while Hy- art Theatre Manager Wen- dy Roth said she worries about people crossing the street on Friday and Sat- urday nights heading to a movie. She wondered if the police department could enforce jaywalking more stringently. Noting the suspension of the project during Mus- tang Days, Roth also asked if consideration could be made for the Hyart Film Festival, which takes place the weekend before, and Audrey Bay of the Four Corners noted that several hundred motorcycles will hit her part of town in ear- ly June during the annual cancer run. Steed said the project wouldn't likely be that far west by early June. Beers said the biggest inconvenience during the entire project is parking. "If people are willing to park (on a side street) and get some exercise, theyeai walk right in the front do r of a business," he said, not- ing that some communities have been able to enhance and oper/up their business district by developing rear- door entrances. + ii'i' Big Horn County Sheriff's Omce 1-800-500-2324 :i i (1 -e00-784-243~) ilil Youth America HotlineTeens forTeens 1-877-968-8454 College Students ULIR'LINE org Entry deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 2m. Light up your home and WIN Chamber Bucks 2nd Prize: 3rd Prize: $100 Chamber Bucks $S0 Chamber Bucks $25 Chamber Bucks il! Open to Cowley, Deaver, Frannie, Lovell, Byron and rural areas